Every year at the Emmys, stars exit their limos and float down the red carpet wearing glamorous gowns as they attempt to land on the best dressed list. The wow factor increases when you look at them all together and see trends emerging before your eyes. We can't wait to see what the stars will be wearing when they arrive at the 2019 Emmy Awards on Sept. 22. In the meantime, let's take a look back at the hair, jewelry and fashion trends that have ruled the red carpet in past years, starting with the 2018 festivities! Many stars opted for comfort and rocked pants on the Emmys red carpet without sacrificing a stitch of style doing it. "Insecure" star Issa Rae opted for a light blue dress with pants underneath, all designed by Vera Wang. "Orphan Black" star Tatiana Maslany selected a neon yellow-and-black two-piece pants look by Christian Siriano. "Saturday Night Live" comedian Leslie Jones also wore a Christian Siriano design — a well-tailored shimmering pink-and-blue suit. Keep reading to see what trends emerged at other Emmy Awards of yesteryear…
2017: Va-va-voom in velvet
At the 2017 Primetime Emmys, velvet reigned supreme. Many stars turned up on television's biggest night in the luxurious fabric. Jessica Lange picked a gorgeous black Gucci number, Shailene Woodley chose a deep green Ralph Lauren design complete with a plunging neckline, and Gillian Anderson opted for a dark red velvet gown with cap sleeves.
2016: Glam in green
Green was the lucky color in 2016! Not only did Tina Fey, Sarah Paulson and Amy Poehler all look gorgeous in green that year, but they each took home an Emmy that night too! Tina went with a plunging neckline and simple silhouette by Oscar de la Renta, Sarah stunned in embellished Prada and Amy picked this pretty Pamella Roland look with a cape detail.
2015: Pops of color
In 2015, bright shades were all the rage! Elisabeth Moss rocked a bold pink Oscar de la Renta frock, while Taylor Schilling embraced the trend with a cheery yellow Stella McCartney gown. Maggie Gyllenhaal also opted for a pop of color with her Oscar de la Renta confection, which featured a demure black bodice and a bright, nearly neon purple ball gown skirt.
2014: Metallic madness
The 2014 Emmys were all about metallics! The shiny hues really had a moment that year: Pregnant Hayden Panettiere rocked a slinky, silver-sequined dress by Lorena Sarbu while Amy Poehler picked a sparkly silver frock by Theia. Taylor Schilling also got in on the action that year, opting for a soft metallic Zuhair Murad gown.
2013: Sheer drama
The sexy, sheer look was a huge trend in 2013, and it brought a lot of skin to the red carpet at the 2013 Emmys. Julianne Hough showed off the most daring version of the trend in a pale green Jenny Packham gown with a completely sheer skirt that left very little to the imagination. Kate Mara went with designer J. Mendel, but kept her sheer style above the waist. J. Mendel's masterful sheer prowess was also on display on Leslie Mann, who wore a black-and-white zig-zag patterned dress that started its see-through paneling above the knees.
2012: Not-so-mellow yellow
The 2012 Emmys served up cheery fashion on the red carpet, with many stars opting for a pop of a certain color: yellow! Julie Bowen opted for neon yellow, rocking a strapless dress by Monique Lhullier. Julianne Moore chose a long-sleeved yellow Dior gown. And Claire Danes slipped into a strapless yellow Lanvin number that clung to her burgeoning baby bump.
2011: Seeing red
Some of Hollywood's best actresses broke out in scarlet fever at the 2011 Emmys. Kerry Washington (in Zuhair Murad), Nina Dobrev (in Donna Karan) and Kate Winslet (in Elie Saab) all wore bold red on the carpet — with stunning results.
2010: Making a statement
It isn't just gowns that draw attention on the red carpet. Stars' bling can make just as big a splash. In 2010, celebs were spotted wearing huge statement jewelry. Our favorite pieces included Heidi Klum's Lorraine Schwartz diamond and ruby necklace; Lea Michele's platinum and multi-colored diamond mesh collar, also by Lorraine Schwartz; and Julie Benz's Neil Lane diamond bib.
2009: Sexy shoulders
The asymmetrical gown can be done a number of ways. Take a look at how differently Kim Kardashian West, Hayden Panettiere and Chloe Sevigny rocked the trend at the 2009 Emmys. Kim wore a white long-sleeved Ina Soltani gown, Hayden sported a red cap-sleeved J. Mendel number, and Chloe donned a black-and-white polka-dot one-shoulder Isaac Mizrahi gown.
2008: Drop it like it's hot
Whether they wore their hair up or down, stars were hot on chandelier and drop earrings at the 2008 Emmys. Debra Messing wore a gorgeous pair of Fred Leighton diamond-fan pendant sparklers. Christina Applegate rocked amethyst chandelier danglers by Lorraine Schwartz. And Kathy Griffin sported Erica Courtney gold and diamond flower-burst earrings with yellow beryl drops.
2007: A leg up
With all that time celebs spend working out, it's a shame they cover up their well-toned legs during award shows, right? Maybe that's why thigh-high slits were all the rage in 2007 when Lisa Rinna, Melora Hardin and Jennifer Morrison (in Elie Saab) all sported this sexy trend.
2006: Making waves
Every year, hair trends also emerge on the Emmys red carpet. In 2006, stars eschewed fussy updos and let their luscious locks flow free in waves. Leah Remini wore her hair in a side part with bangs, while Kyra Sedgwick and Evangeline Lilly parted their hair straight down the middle.
2005: Orange you glad…
Orange doesn't look good on everyone, but these celebs stunned in the tricky color at the 2005 Emmys. Mariska Hargitay wore a Carolina Herrera dress in the bold hue while Portia de Rossi rocked a Nina Ricci gown with double straps in the same shade. Eva Longoria's coral-tinged Angel Sanchez gown, which featured a sexy cut-out and beaded neckline, really stood out on the red carpet too.
2004: Just white
Brides-to-be could easily have found some sartorial inspiration while watching the 2004 Emmys, because white was the color to wear on the red carpet that year. Mary Steenburgen's dress featured a plunging neckline and shredded bottom. Jennifer Aniston wore a gorgeous beaded Chanel column gown. And Joely Richardson sported a sleek asymmetrical Catherine Walker frock with a thigh-high slit.
2003: Purple reign
All the purple on the red carpet at the 2003 Emmy Awards left us in a fashion haze. Felicity Huffman opted for a multi-hued lavender halter gown while Elisha Cuthbert wore an eggplant-colored dress with a sweetheart neckline. Kristin Davis donned a simple satin strapless gown in a lovely grape shade.
2002: Taking the plunge
There's no question that TV's leading ladies of 2002 had confidence and major sex appeal. Plunging necklines were all the rage that year for fashionistas young and not-so young. Kim Cattrall, Lauren Ambrose and Allison Janney might have chosen dresses in very different colors, but they all walked the Emmys red carpet flaunting their sexiest assets.
2001: Back in black
Originally scheduled for Sept. 16, 2001, the 2001 Emmy Awards were pushed back as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. So when the show finally rolled around that Nov. 4, attendees were asked to wear "dressy business attire." The result was a lot of stars in black suits. Our favorites include Jessica Alba's dress and blazer, Edie Falco's simple black-on-black attire, and Jennifer Garner's maroon shirt and scarf accessory.
2000: Pink ladies
From Melanie Griffith's carnation-colored column dress to Cynthia Nixon's magenta satin gown, the Emmys were full of pink ladies in 2000. But the most talked-about pink look that year was worn by Sarah Jessica Parker, who chose a feathered ballerina-inspired Oscar de la Renta frock she said was her "fantasy dress."